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PEACE

Killing at Peace Talks – January 26, 1716
(http://americanindian.net/January.html )

In consulting Phil Konstantin’s book, This Day In North American Indian History, I read that January 26, 1716, a group of Cherokee, Creek and Yamassee representatives met at a Cherokee village in Georgia for peace talks.  It was noted that the Cherokee desired peace and believed that the Creek and Yamassee also wanted peace.  Konstantin wrote that the Cherokee Chief Caesar offered to arrange these peace talks, telling the colonists that the Cherokee and Creek tribes would be peaceful and cooperative.  On this day, according to Konstantin’s report, the Creek and Yamassee actually came to the meetings in pursuit of war and so the Cherokee killed the Creek and Yamassee representatives. 

Law for Peace – January 17, 1800
(http://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/na001.asp )

January 17, 1800 – Act for the Preservation of Peace with the Indian Tribes which stated that violators of this law could be fined and imprisoned.  According to what I can find in documentation, this act was to be enforced through March 1802 for the purposes of insuring safe trade and encounters with the tribes, making it unlawful for ‘citizens’ and ‘persons’ to provoke members of any American Indian tribe or contribute to any undermining of treaties. 

Keep in mind that American Indian people were not considered ‘citizens’ or ‘persons’ until 1924. 

So what does this mean for us as Believers and Intercessors?  Were the killings on January 26, 1716 ethical, just and / or the will of Yahweh?  Was this meeting of different groups during ‘war time’ or ‘peace time’?  Could the killings have been considered self-defense or sanctioned?  What were the tribal cultural practices?  What were the consequences?  How did the English respond / react?  The questions are endless. 

Was the January 17, 1800 act established with the correct motives, incentives and / or divine favor? What was the Euro-American government and religious culture at the time?  Did the government and the church enforce these rules?  Did the tribes also implement laws about conduct with immigrants? 

There is not one person living today who can give testimony to what really happened in either case.  To the best of my knowledge, we do not have stories indicating Yahweh’s heart in these specific matters.  So, we consult the Holy Spirit and Scripture for direction in how to pray regarding these significant anniversaries of Peace from our past, as well as their affect on our future.

Scripture can provide Biblical history, early church insight and spiritual principles for Believers today.  The Holy Spirit can guide us in how Yahweh wants us to apply these in our prayers for our North American indigenous people.

“You know also what Joab son of Zeruiah did to me, and what he did to the two captains of the hosts of Israel, Abner son of Ner and Amasa son of Jether, whom he murdered, avenging in time of peace blood shed in war, and putting innocent blood of war on the girdle on his loins and on the sandals of his feet. Do therefore according to your wisdom, but let not his hoary head go down to Sheol (the place of the dead) in peace. But show kindness to the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite and let them be among those who eat at your table; for with such kindness they met me when I fled because of Absalom your brother. [II Sam. 17:27-29.]”  1 Kings 2:5-7 (Amplified)

Also Deuteronomy 19:1-13, 21:1-9.

“Depart from evil and do good; seek, inquire for, and crave peace and pursue (go after) it!” Psalms 34:14 (Amplified)

“To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven:  A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted, [Heb. 9:27.]  A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to break down and a time to build up, A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, A time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, A time to get and a time to lose, a time to keep and a time to cast away, A time to rend and a time to sew, a time to keep silence and a time to speak, [Amos 5:13.] A time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. [Luke 14:26.]”  Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (Amplified)

“Blessed (enjoying enviable happiness, spiritually prosperous – with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they shall be called the sons of God!” Matthew 5:9 (Amplified)
Matthew Chapter 5 in Cherokee.

“And behold, one of those who were with Jesus reached out his hand and drew his sword and, striking the body servant of the high priest, cut off his ear.  Then Jesus said to him, Put your sword back into its place, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. [Gen. 9:6.]”  Matthew 26:51-52 (Amplified)
Matthew Chapter 26 in Cherokee.

“Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty (snobbish, high-minded, exclusive), but readily adjust yourself to [people, things] and give yourselves to humble tasks. Never overestimate yourself or be wise in your own conceits. [Prov. 3:7.] Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is honest and proper and noble [aiming to be above reproach] in the sight of everyone. [Prov. 20:22.]” If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for {God’s] wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay (requite), says the Lord. [Deut. 32:35.]  But if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head. [Prov. 25:21, 22.]  Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome (master) evil with good.”  Romans 12:16-21 (Amplified)
Romans Chapter 12 in Cherokee.

“Be eager and strive earnestly to guard and keep the harmony and oneness of [and produced by] the Spirit in the binding power of peace.” Ephesians 4:3 (Amplified)
Ephesians Chapter 4 in Cherokee.

“See that none of you repays another with evil for evil, but always aim to show kindness and seek to do good to one another and to everybody.” 1 Thessalonians 5:15 (Amplified)
1 Thessalonians Chapter 5 in Cherokee.

Prayer for Peace

Abba Father, Yahweh, thank you for our indigenous people of North America.  Thank you for preserving remnants of so many tribes and tongues.  Thank you for restoring lost tribes and tongues through your just and mysterious ways.  Thank you for the drops of tribal blood that run through so many today and for the awaking taking place in the spirits, hearts and souls of your people.  Thank you for insights into history and the opportunities to pray for peace, healing, restoration and change.  Thank you for the people who pursued peace in times of war and uncertainty, in times of ignorance and fear, and in times of danger and desperation.  We thank you for those who heard your still small voice and who walked in obedience.  We thank you for the blessings that we reap because of their triumphs and we pray that those blessings be guarded and protected from the enemy.  We ask for your mercy, grace and forgiveness as we face the consequences left behind from those whose ears were deaf to your word and whose actions were in disobedience.  We ask that you remove strongholds and curses that still remain.  We pray that those seeds of peace will prosper. We pray that all pursuits of peace between tribes, bands, clans, communities and governments throughout North America in 2012 will be blessed and fruitful according to your perfect will.  We pray that you will gift perfect wisdom, discernment, knowledge, and understanding to all who you have called to be peacemakers.  We pray that you give them support and encouragement from the Body of Christ.  We pray that you will give them favor and protection from controlling, self-seeking, manipulating and judgmental spirits.  Father, continue to guide us in prayer regarding peace according to your perfect will, by the power of the Holy Spirit and in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen


PROPHECY

Jesuits Foretell of a Lunar Eclipse – January 31, 1646
(http://americanindian.net/January.html )

Father Pierre Millet Foretells of a Lunar Eclipse – January 21, 1674
(http://americanindian.net/January.html )

According to Phil Konstantin’s book, This Day In North American Indian History, both instances tell of American Indians being converted to Christianity because a non-American Indian spiritual leader foretold of a lunar eclipse, with the help of an almanac.   In the case of Father Millet, Konstantin writes that the priest actually challenged the shamans to do the same. 

American Indian Prophet Tecumseh – January 23, 1812
(http://americanindian.net/January.html )

According to Phil Konstantin’s book, This Day In North American Indian History, there was an earth quake on January 23, 1812 that some believed to be sign associated with a prophecy by Tecumseh.  Konstantin wrote that the prophet visited the Creek, telling them that when he stomped the ground, the houses in Tuckabatchee would collapse.  Some thought this was the sign, others did not.   Tecumseh is mentioned several other times in history in regards to his words and acts as a prophet.

American Indian Prophet Wovoka – January 1, 1889
(http://americanindian.net/January.html )

According to Phil Konstantin’s book, This Day In North American Indian History, a known American Indian prophet, Wovoka, had a vision regarding the Ghost Dance.  There is a lot of information on the internet about Ghost Dance and Wovoka.  In some of the materials I have read, it is suggested that Wovoka’s teachings and interpretations about Ghost Dance had hints of Christianity relating to the Second Coming.

Just as with the historical events regarding ‘peace’, these notations of events relating to predictions and prophecy in the 1600s and 1800s lack stories and testimonies illustrating the hearts of the spiritual leaders, their own interpretations, how they tested what they heard, how others interpreted what they heard, etc.  Also, there isn’t anyone alive today who has first hand experience or knowledge of any of these events or spiritual leaders. 

We can look to the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures for direction in how to pray regarding these significant event anniversaries.  Please keep in mind that the Scripture can provide Biblical history, early church culture and spiritual principles for today.  However, it gives us little help in rightly discerning the past. Therefore, our focus is on prophecy regarding American Indian people and concerns for the future.

“Having gifts (faculties, talents, qualities) that differ according to the grace given us, let us use them: [He whose gift is] prophecy, [let him prophesy] according to the proportion of his faith;” Romans 12:6 (Amplified)
Romans Chapter Twelve in Cherokee.

“And if I have prophetic powers (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), and understand all the secret truths and mysteries and possess all knowledge, and if I have [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but have not love (God’s love in me) I am nothing (a useless nobody).” 1 Corinthians 13:2 (Amplified)
1 Corinthians Chapter 13 in Cherokee.

Read 1 Corinthians 14:1-40.  Also Eph 4:11, 1 Cor 12:10, 28.
1 Corinthians Chapter 14 in Cherokee.
Ephesians Chapter 4 in Cherokee.
1 Corinthians Chapter 12 in Cherokee.

“Do not spurn the gifts and utterances of the prophets [do not depreciate prophetic revelations nor despise inspired instruction or exhortation or warning]. But test and prove all things [until you can recognize] what is good; [to that] hold fast.” 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21 (Amplified)
1 Thessalonians Chapter 5 in Cherokee.

“Beloved, do not put faith in every spirit, but prove (test) the spirits to discover whether they proceed from God; for many false prophets have gone forth into the world. By this you may know (perceive and recognize) the Spirit of God; every spirit which acknowledges and confesses [the fact] that Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [actually] has become man and has come in the flesh is of God [has God for its source]; And every spirit which does not acknowledge and confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh [but would annul, destroy, sever, disunite Him] is not of God [does not proceed from Him]. This [nonconfession] is the [spirit] of the antichrist, [of] which you heard that it was coming, and now it is already in the world.”  1 John 4:1-3 (Amplified)
1 John Chapter 4 in Cherokee.

Prayer for Prophecy

Abba Father, Yahweh, thank you for gifting and sending your prophets, that out of your love, mercy, and grace, they strengthen us through knowledge, encouragement, comfort, revelation, and instructions.  Thank you for those who have and do prophesy to and about our North American indigenous peoples.  Thank you for those who have and do prophesy, who are American Indian.  Thank you for the many blessings we enjoy today because the American Indian prophets of old were respected and heard.  Thank you for the favor we receive because of the prophets who spoke to and about the American Indians were respected and heard.  Father, protect these blessings, gifts, promises and answers to prayers that have been received because of obedience.  Father, we ask for your mercy, grace, forgiveness and compassion as we press on in this journey, burdened by the consequences of our ancestors listening to false prophets and rejecting true prophets.   We pray that non-American Indians who prophesy about and to American Indians, will test what they hear, seeking for your interpretations, rejecting man’s interpretations, judgments and fears that often come when speaking and interpreting from outside their own culture.   We pray that your American Indian prophets will test what they hear, seeking your interpretations, rejecting man’s interpretations, judgments and fears that often come from speaking and interpreting through the pains and injustices of abuse.  We pray that all your people will test what they hear from your prophets, regarding North America’s indigenous peoples and that they will respect your American Indian prophets.  We pray that your spiritual leaders of this day will be obedient to you, seeking guidance in how they reach out to American Indian people and communities.  We pray that all of your spiritual leaders will serve in humility, love, compassion, grace and relationship, resisting the temptation to present ‘book’ knowledge of the sciences as secret truths and mysteries received through divine impartation.  Father, continue to guide us in prayer regarding prophecy according to your perfect will, by the power of the Holy Spirit and in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen


RESTORATION OF CULTURE AND CALLING

Indians Forced to Cut Their Hair – January 13, 1902
( http://www.bluecloud.org/misunder.html )

On January 13, 1902, Commissioner W.S. Jones, from the Office of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior in Washington, wrote a letter stating that all Indian men should cut their hair so that they can advance in civilization. The letter also mentioned that every means should be taken to insure that all Indian men cut their hair, even to the point of withholding supplies.  It was also suggested that all Indians stop wearing their regalia and blankets.  This letter represents a huge misunderstanding of American Indian culture, a huge sense of fear, and an obvious push toward assimilation and control.  I encourage you to click the link and read the letter.  Many people are shocked to learn that these letters and policies took place.  This is just one of many. 

Among indigenous peoples history there are many reasons for maintaining long hair and cutting hair.  In fact, many of the ceremonies and beliefs of different tribes might resemble those of Old Testament Hebrew history.  For more information on tribal customs, I would recommend you do a little research.  However, for the purposes of our prayer points and study, I will provide some Scripture references that illustrate Biblical history, early church culture and spiritual principles we can apply today.

Growing Long Hair as a Vow

“Then he told her all his mind and said to her, A razor has never come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my birth.  If I am shaved, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak and be like any other man.  And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his mind, she went and called for the Philistine lords, saying, Come up this once, for he has told me all he knows.  Then the Philistine lords came up to her and brought the money in their hands. And she made Samson sleep upon her knees and she called a man and caused him to shave off the seven braids of his head. Then she began to torment [Samson], and his strength went from him. She said, The Philistines are upon you, Samson! And he awoke out of his sleep and said, I will go out as I have time after time and shake myself free. For Samson did not know that the Lord had departed from him.” Judges 16:17-20 (Read 16:17-30) (Amplified)

Also read Numbers 6:1-21

Cutting Hair in Mourning

“Make yourself bald in mourning and cut off your hair for the children of your delight; enlarge your baldness as the eagle, for [your children] shall be carried from you into exile.” Micah 1:16 (Amplified) 

Also read Job 1:20 & Jeremiah 7:29

Cutting Hair for Convenience

“And when he cut the hair of his head, he weighed it – for at each year’s end he cut it, because its weight was a burden to him – and it weighed 200 shekels by the king’s weight.” 2 Samuel 14:26 (Amplified)

Cutting Long Hair as an End to a Vow – Early Christian Church

“Take these men and purify yourself along with them and pay their expenses [for the temple offering], so that they may have their heads shaved. Thus everybody will know that there is no truth ion what they have been told about you, but that you yourself walk in observance of the Law.” Acts 21:24 (Amplified).
Acts Chapter 21 in Cherokee.

Cutting Long Hair Because of Early Church Culture

“Does not the native sense of propriety (experience, common sense, reason) itself teach you that for a man to wear long hair is a dishonor [humiliating and degrading] to him, But if a woman has long hair, it is her ornament and glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering.”  1 Corinthians 11:14-15  (Read Chapter 11) (Amplified)
1 Corinthians Chapter 11 in Cherokee.

Prayer for Restoration of Culture and Calling

Abba Father, Yahweh, thank you for your many beautiful indigenous peoples, their customs and cultures.  We pray for your grace, mercy, compassion and forgiveness as we face the history of the early church in North America and walk on a journey shadowed by many generations of consequences.  Only you know the width and the depth of the devastation to our American Indian people who were forced to cut their hair at the whim of the dominating population.  Only you know how many Godly vows were ended before their time, how many people were left powerless in forced disobedience, how many hearts were broken.  Only you know how many generations were in a constant state of mourning.  Only you know the balance of faith, religion and culture.  Only you know the fullness of the early church traditions, what you meant as permanent, what you meant as temporary, what you meant for Gentiles and for Jews.  Only you know what was meant for Christian traditions in North America and what you asked of your indigenous people in coming to faith.  Even with all of the unknowns, your indigenous people were not given the gift of choice.  Whether for food or faith, their ‘salvation’ on this earth and eternity was directly linked to their hair instead of their personal relationship with you.  Yahweh, we ask that you restore all that was lost when the government, the schools and the church forced indigenous people to forsake their identity and culture by cutting their hair.  We ask that you restore the hearts of our indigenous people, restore the capacity and compassionate convictions to serve you and restore the gifts and callings you have for indigenous people.  We pray that your people, all your people, will recognize, accept and pursue the nurturing and flourishing of your gifts and callings among our American Indian people.  Father, continue to guide us in prayer regarding the restoration of American Indian culture and callings according to your perfect will, by the power of the Holy Spirit and in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

Rev. Jeny RunningBrook
First Nations Monday Prayer Ministry
All Nations Fellowship Church
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PS:  As with the First Nations Monday prayer and Scripture studies, I like to study with 4 translations.  As you go through these studies, I encourage you to do the same.  "The Scriptures" is a translation that includes the original Hebrew names and has the books in chronological order.  The Contemporary English Version (CEV) is a translation that is written for 'oral tradition' peoples and it flows well while reading it aloud.  The Amplified version is one where meanings of words and phrases are 'amplified' for better understanding.  The King James Version (KJV) is the translation that works well with Strong's Concordance. Please also note the links to Scripture in Cherokee.


Books Used in this Study

The Holy Bible in the following translations:  KJV, NIV, Amplified, NASB, CEV and The Scriptures.

"Church History in Plain Language" by Bruce L. Shelley

"Encyclopedia of Native American Wars & Warfare". General Editors William B. Kessel, Ph.D. and Robert Wooster, Ph.D.

"This Day In North American Indian History" by Phil Konstantin

Relevant Links

Jeny's History Study References & Links -
These are links associated with the ongoing history study and intercessory prayer points indexed on our main 'study' page.  For those of you following the study and prayers, I recommend you journey through the links.

FirstNationsMonday.Com -
Prayer Guide for Native American People and Those Serving in Native Ministry

999-Prayers -
A Facet of His Glory Reigns Ministry, including North America Indigenous Peoples Prayer Shield

Cherokee New Testament Online

Cherokee Bible Project

First Nations Version Project

2012 Cherokee Calendar -



 



 

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